"I have a strong need to create. I like the feeling when I manage to cross the borders I set for myself."
City of residence, OSLO, NORWAY
Q & A:
COL: How old are you and where are you from?
AP: I was born in 1986 in Cieszyn, Poland. Cieszyn is a part of Silesia region, which is well known from its industrial climate.
COL: What do you do?
AP: I am first of all street-art artist. I work with both the street art and contemporary art in the
galleries and project spaces all over the world. My artworks are inspired by rayonism. I mostly create the geometric, abstract compositions. I am inspired by dynamics of the city, architecture and lights.
COL: How long have you been doing it?
AP: I started in 1998 on the streets in Silesia, Poland. We were a group of the guys that wanted to make something creative. We established a crew of graffiti-artists where we were learning from each other, exchanging the ideas and doing projects together. After some years when I started my studies at art school, I changed my perception on art and I started to paint compositions. However, I still love the spirit of the streets, that’s why I am present there with my art.
COL: What’s your first artistic memory?
AP: I met a guy called Piotr Sadowski, who was representing Universal Zulu Nation in Poland.
He explained me the rules of the street-art and he is the reason why I am creating now.
From him I got to know how important is to have a unique style. He told me about the “code of conduct” between artists.
The Universal Zulu Nation is an international hip-hop awareness group formed and formerly
headed by hip-hop artist Afrika Bambaataa. They strongly promote that Hip-Hop was created to provide 'peace, love, unity and having fun' for those in the ghetto, and eventually onward to all those supportive of the culture. (Wikipedia)
COL: What inspired you to pursue a career in art?
AP: I have a strong need to create. I like the feeling when I manage to cross the borders I set for myself. I am very creative and I like to see my ideas in reality. It is a good feeling. The projects I work with suppose to interact with the space I exhibit in and this always a challenge a driver for me.
COL: Do you remember your first work of art?
AP: It's my first graffiti piece I painted in 1998 which I am not so proud of now. In the beginning, I did not have a clue how and which caps to use correct. I didn’t have access to accessories, spray cans so I was making markers, caps on my own.
COL: If you could have any piece of art in history, what would you choose?
AP: I am a big fan of Art Nouveau. That is why I would like to have anything painted by Alfons Mucha.
COL: What is your relationship with fashion?
AP: I am inspired be the different style, from urban fashion to retro and classical elegance. I like to look at well-dressed people. I would like to see my abstract compositions on clothes – some beautiful, futuristic dress would look awesome with my art printed on it.
COL: What does the word “collective” mean to you as an artist?
AP: It means finding the common platform for individual’s visions and transforming it into the
project. I was so many times part of artistic collectives. I really like to work in this way.
COL: What is the best and worst thing about being an artist?
AP: The best is to meet people that like my work. The worse is that it is difficult to be a full time artist.
COL: Who do you admire?
AP: I admire Etam Cru, the Polish street-art duo. They make huge size murals of surreal scenes heavily charged with East European folklore, mysticism, fantasy and witty humor.
COL: What can we expect to see at this year’s festival?
AP: I am going to show two projects: Afterimages and City Lights. Afterimages is a collaboration with a projection mapping on my canvases created by Vj Malaga. City Lights Canvases are complementing Afterimages and inspired by modern architecture and dynamics of the cities.
COL: Who are you excited to see?
AP: I haven’t seen a program yet, so it is difficult to say ;)
COL: How important is the ability to expose your art to you and your creative field?
AP: The street-art I create is visible for everyone that pass it. The canvases is another story. The ability to show them is extremely important. That is the way to reach new audience, share my vision of art.